Ferrari is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Japan with an exclusive, limited edition model. Welcome to the Ferrari J50.
The Ferrari J50 will be sold only in Japan and is limited to just 10 units. We suspect, all of the 10 have been spoken for by now with a sticker price probably in high six figures.
So, what is the Ferrari J50?
The J50 is based on the 488 Spider. But, that’s where the similarities end. The exterior has been completely redesigned by Ferrari Styling Center and is built by the Special Projects department. Ferrari is creating 10 unique examples of the J50 and to personal preferences of the buyers.
The design of the Ferrari J50 is very unique. It almost looks like a mini-LaFerrari Aperta in profile but is actually inspired by the F50. The low-slung front scuttle and the black stripe that runs across the sides resembles the F50. To add to that, the retractable hard-top has been replaced with removable targa roof which can be inconvenient but is just so cool to look at. The ‘barchetta’ features a two-piece carbon fiber roof can be stowed away behind seats.
Inside, the Ferrari J50 uses the dashboard from the 488 Spider. A dual-tone cockpit and interior trim in a combination of leather and alcantara adds a unique and sporty touch.
The rear end on the J50 is also unique to this model. It drops the single tail lamp design for a classic twin-pod layout reminiscent of the F50. A large polycarbonate cover replaces the standard engine cover giving a clear view of the mid-mounted turbocharged V8.
Speaking of the V8, the Ferrari J50’s 3.9-liter V8 engine makes 20 hp more than standard 488 Spider. 690 hp coupled with improved aerodynamics should make the Ferrari J50 particularly interesting to drive.